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Sylvia Plath: 
Brilliant life, 
tragic death 
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Wellesley News 



Election Results 



Paula Penn 
Maureen Sullivan 
Elisabeth Hair 
Peyton Morris 
Christy Woodward 
Sue Challenger 



President 
First Vice Pres. 
Chief Justice 
V.P. On-Campus 
V.P. Off-Campus 
Bursar 



VOLUME LXXI NUMBER 17 



WELLESLEY, MASSACHUSETTS 



FRIDAY. APRIL 4. 1975 



Center for Research 
on Women opens P 



by Sharon Collins '77 

On Saturday. March 15. the 
Center for Research on Women in 
Higher Education and the 
Professions was formally opened. 
The Center, which is located in 
Checvcr House on Washington 
Street, is cosponsorcd by 
Welleslcy College and The 
Federation of Organizations for 
Professional Women. 

There was an all-day program, 
ihc theme of which was "Rest rue- 
luring the World of Work". The 
program began in the morning 
with a panel discussion on "The 
Experience of Implementing Af- 
firmative Action in Industry and 
ihe University". 

Following the panel prescnta- 
lion were three morning 
workshops on the changing 
patterns of work: (A) "Altering 
Work Patterns for Women and 
Men in a Society of Changing 
Needs". (B) "Credentialling 
Women's Experience". (C) 
"Making Women's Organizations 
Viable in the Market Place". 

The Conference recessed for a 
luncheon in Stone-Davis dining 
room. Lunch was followed with a 
speech by Alva Myrdal. diplomat 
and cubinet member from 







Alva Myrdal 



Sweden. Myrdal spoke on 
"Enhancing the Quality of Life in 
Modern Society". She expressed 
alarm about the recent downward 
trend in the U.S. regarding the ad- 
vancement of women. She cited 
the U.S.'s competitive, 
capitalistic system as instrumental 
in holding women back, especially 
in their career achievements. 

Myrdal explained that, in her 
opinion, there are Five major con- 
tributing factors which have 
created u drag on affirmative ' 
development for women in the 
U.S. First, the drift to suburbia 
has fostered the imprisonment of 
women in their role as wife and 
mother. Second, the mass media 
in Ihe U.S. constantly reinforces 
and inflates the traditional 
societal positions of women. 
Third, after World War II. many 
American men wejc able to get a 
good education through the G.I. 
Bill which provided for study on 
federal grants. Fourth, the nor- 
mative function of social and 
civilian legislation in the U.S. 
repeatedly puts women in the 
position of dependents. Fifth. 
Myrdal believes thai alimony fur 
divorced women is an obstacle to 
equalization. 

Myrdal juxtaposed these 
American problems with certain 
affirmative action programs in 
Sweden She focused on progress 
loward equalization which* is be- 
ing germinated in changing 
marital roles. Because children 
create both money and lime con- 
straints for their parents. Myrdal 
believes in a nationalized program 
of child care. One of the keys, she 
says', is lor men to share equally in 
ihe parenthood role. She also 
suggests: (I) a systematic placc- 
meni of men in women's jobs and 




Pay raise 
n requested 



Carolyn Elliott laughs at the quips of Professors Ingrid Stadler and Mary Lefkowitz. 

Decisions 



women in men's jobs. (2)a 
political and economic concern 
with total utilization of female 
resources, (3) "parental leave" 
rather than maternity leave, and" 
sick insurance benefits when 
children are sick. "Society must 
carry much of the burden to 
alleviate the burden on the in- 
dividual." she said. "Reform is to 
be taken in installments, but peo- 
ple must be made to realize thai 
change is" possible." 

After Myrdal's speech, con- 
ference participants went back to 
Cheever House to attend 
workshops on "Personal and 
Social Implications of Changing 
Work Patterns'' There were two 
afternoon workshops: (I) 
"Interpersonal Relations Between 
Men and Women in Family and 
Work-place" and (2) "Managing 
rune and Logistics for an 
Egalitarian Society" 

At 4 p.m.. participants came 
toccthcr for a plenary session 



which included the opening 
ceremony and greetings by Bar- 
bara Newell. Mrs. Newell voiced 
her hope that the Center will build 
a research base for affirmative ac- 
tion, especially regarding the 
relationship of women's education 
to women's entry into the job 
market. She then introduced 
Carolyn Elliott. Director of the 
Center. "What does this Center 
need most of all?" queried Ms. 
Elliott. "People and ideas!" 

Mary Lefkowitz and Ingrid 
Stadler, both Professors at 
Wellesley. presented a humorous 
summary of the day's serious dis- 
cussions. They concluded. 
"Women must organize and bile 
not bark!" 

Students who are interested in 
finding out more about the func- 
tions of the Center and about stu- 
dent opportunities for assisting 
with research or participating in 
Upcoming conferences are urged 
lo contact Ms. Elliott. 



amended 



bv Sharon Collins '77 



Students deliver speech at Convocation 



by Sasha Norkin '75 and 
Margie Flavin '75 

Planned to commemorate a 
hundred years of Wellcsle) 
history, the Founder's Day Con- 
vocation held March 16 was also 
the culmination of two days of 
frenzied negotiation between 
President Newell. Trustee Mary 
Ann Staub. and members of the 
Ethos Ad Hoc Committee. 
Under discussion was the form and 
selling of the presentation of a 
statement which the Ad Hoc 
Committee wished to air at the 
Founder's Day activities. 

Misunderstanding about the 
content of the statement and 
about permission to deliver the 
speech during the formal 
ceremonies apparently con- 
tributed lo the clash in the chapel 
Only moments before the proces- 
sion began. President Newell read 



a copj of the statement concer- 
ning the Black Studies Depart- 
ment and the Counseling Office 
and decided, with Trustee Siaub. 
that Ihc statement was inap- 
propriate for inclusion in ihe for- 
mal Convocation ceremonies on 
the grounds that it dealt with the 
specifics of ihe campus controver- 
sies Newell also said that the 
statement contained factual inac- 
curacies. 

After speeches by the presidents 
of the other Seven Sister schools. 
Newell cave the concluding ad- 
dress. The Ad Hoc Committee. 
which had been under the impres- 
sion thai they would be allowed to 
speak, protested what they con- 
sidered the reneging or iheir per- 
mission to speak In walking to the 
podium as Newell spoke. 

As the faculty and students Iclt 
ihe chapel in Ihe academic proces- 
sion, Mary Stuart White re- 
quested the audience to remain 



and began to deliver the state- 
ment. Members of the Ad Hoc 
Committee pulled the plug on the 
organ, allowing While to deliver 
the statement to about half of the 
Convocation audience. 

Vlso on the behnlf of Ad Hoc 
Committee. I aura Murphy read 
on the chapel steps a pledge call- 
ing for further communication 
arfd evaluation. Newell and other 
members of the administration 
remained to participate in discus- 
sion of the issues. 

The Ad Hoc Committee hud in- 
itially planned to demonstrate 
after the Convocation ceremonies, 
hut dropped ihe plans when the 
administration partially reversed 
the original decisions. Instead, the 
Ad Hoe Committee wanted to 
have Mary Stuart White make a 
brief statement at the end of con- 
vocation announcing an open 
meeting "" ihe chapel steps at 
which a pledge of good faith could 




^. lDhf , listen With students on the Chapel steps to Laura 
President Newell (left. «"d Dean Ilchman.op right listen* ^ 
Murphy's presentation on behalf of the Ethos Ad Hoe 



be made between members or the 
college "calling for further 
evaluation and communication." 
Newell was amenable to having 
ihe discussion after the Convoca- 
lion ceremonies. She questioned 
the appropriateness of a speech 
which addressed the specifics of- 
Ihe issues in the context of Ihc 
centennial celebration, however. 
Newell also said that the final 
decision belonged to Trustee 
Staub. who as head of the Centen- 
nial Committee,, had planned the 
Convocation. 

Earl) m the negotiations. Staub 
had indicated that she was willing 
to entertain the possibility or a 
speech given by Linny Little. The 
Ad Hoc Committee considered a 
statement delivered by Little inap- 
propriate, on the grounds that 
she would be speaking on behalf 
of the students, not on behalf of 
the members or the Ad Hoc Com- 
mittee 

As a compromise. Little 
suggested thai she introduce Mary 
Stuart While, who would then 
deliver Ihc actual address. As 
Staub was not present when the 
compromise was suggested, 
Newell said that she would have 
to check with her before ap- 
proving the presentation, and 
would "meet with the Ad Hoc 
Committee at the chapel at 3:45. 
According to Newell, "permis- 
sion to speak was never granted." 
Little agrees, saying "we never 
pushed her to actually say yes or 
no." but adds thai "based on 
Staub v feeling earlier, we 
assumed" that Staub would agree, 
and "we left with the impression 
thai ii would be OK lo go ahead." 
At ihe 3:45 meeting, however. 
Newell and Staub read the state- 
ment and came to Iheir decision 
that it was not acceptable for in- 
clusion in the ceremony. Upon 
Newells request. Nelson Darling. 
president of the board or trustees 
included an announcement or the 
meeting which was to follow Con- 
vocation on the Chapel steps. 



The Administration's original 
decisions lo eliminate the 
Counseling Office and lo consider 
two associate professors of Black 
Studies for one tenured position 
were substantially amended just 
bcrore Spring vacation 

The Student Services staff. 
after meeting with the President's 
Advisory Council to discuss ex- 
tensive budget review, presented 
in P \< a plan to redirect some or 
its funds. This redirection would 
provide next year for one and one- 
hair days per week of professional 
counseling services by a minority 
counselor and the equivalent of 
two days per week for the services 
of a woman professional 
counselor 

At the same time, a decision 
was made to undertake i study or 
all ol" the College's counseling ser- 
vices, including academic, career, 
personal, and psychiatric counsel- 
ing, and medical services. 

Regarding lenured positions in 
the Black Studies Department, it 
was decided that, at this lime, two 
tenure lines will be available in the 
Department All proressors>in the 
Black Studies Department arc 
eligible io be considered for one of 
these positions: however, Tony 
Martin and Bill Scott are the first 
two lo come up Tor consideration. 
President Newell stales that more 
tenure lines may open up in Ihe 
fiilurc as the long-run shaping or 
the Black Studies Department is 
evaluated. 

Campus Notes 

~ AIESEC 

AIESEC Wellesley is spon- 
soring the North I istern 
Regional Conference on April 1 1- 
13. AIESEC is a group or 
students who promote student ex- 
change with businesses in foreign 
countries. Those who would like 
lo learn more about it are invited 
to attend explanatory presen- 
tations given by businessmen, 
national AIESEC officers, and 
students who have participated on 
exchanges Ihe sessions will be 
held in Ihc Davis Lounge at the 
following limes: 4/12 9-10:30, 
10:30-11:15. 11:30-12:15. 2-5 and 

4/13 I0-IJ_ 

Gesture language 

Laurence Wylie Professor of 

French Civilization at Harvard 
University, will present a lecture- 
demonstration on "The Lan- 
guage Of Gesture". Wednes- 
day \pril 9. at 4:15 in Jewelt 
Auditorium. Professor Wylie 
studied mime in France and is a 
specialist in kinesics, which is 
communication by gestures The 
lecture is in English and is open lo 
all members of the college com- 
munity and iheir guests. 

SOFC 
SOFC, Student Organization 

Finance Committee, is a sub- 



by Martha Ratnoff "75 

The Wellesley College chapter 
of the American Association of 
University Professors (AAUP) 
has requested a I 2' I cost-of-living 
increase in salaries and wages for 
all employees of ihe college. 
Specifically, the AAUP has asked 
that the Trustees ease iheir ten- 
tative hudget limit of S 1 8.5 
million bv S7OO.OO0-75O.00O. lo 
fund the increases The proposal is 
now pending before President 
Barbara Newell. 

Paul Cohen. President of the 
AAUP Wellesley chapter told 
ACnv. "We are asking for a 
rethinking of ihc way in which the 
budgetary process is gone about. 
These are legitimate aims, no! ex- 
travagant ones, but the Board of 
Trustees has set a fixed figure for 
the (1975-76) hudget. We would 
be willing lo meet with Ihc Board 
of Trustees and President Newell 
lo loosen this constraint " 

Mr. Cohen estimated that ihe 
Administration's budgetary 
thinking, as or late February, in- 
cluded an average <>'■ raise in 
salaries for next year. According 
lo its faculty newsletter, "The Ex- 
ecutive Committee of ihe AAUP. 
,., is nol convinced lhal Ihe SI8.- 
515,000 figure must be treated as 
sacrosanct. And there are many 
others in the college community 
who share our skepticism." 

The Trustees will meet in the 
middle or April for final approval 
of next year's budget 

The AUUP is a national 
organization of university 
professors, concerned about 
college faculty members as a con- 
stituency It deals with problems 

Continued on page 5 



IS 



Dobbins 
receives grant 

David R. Dobbins. Assistant 
Professor of Botany, recently 
received an SI 1.600 grant from 
ihe Research Corporation of 
America He will attempt 10 
identify physical and chemical 
factors regulating the pattern 
of cell division in vascular 
plants, which is perlinenl to the 
morphogenesis of plant organs. 
The project includes Ihe use or 
a new "interference contrast 
microscope" and plant (issue- 
culture Summer employment 
for one or two student 
assistants is provided lor by the 
grant. Mar) Mien. Associate 
Professor of Biology, also 
holds a grant from the 
Research Corporation of 
America. , 



committee of Senate whose 
membership is open to all students 
who pay the student activity fee. 
SOFC is now in ihc process of 
budgeting for 1975-76. Any stu- 
dent interested in serving on 
SOFC should contact Susan 
Challenger, TCE, as soon as 
possible. 

Schneider 

Applications for positions on 
the Schneider Board ofGovernors 
are now available at Inlo Box. 
Positions open are for: Manage- 
ment. Secretary, Treasurer. 
Publicity. Special Programs, and 
( oiiee House. Applications arc- 
due this Monday. April 7. Inter- 
views will be held. Open House 
Wednesday fcpril 9 to meel new 
chairpersons and join the Board's 
committees 






WELLESLEY NEWS 



In Our Opinion 



Editor's note: The editorial policy of the Wellesley News 
in past issues has been to print unsigned editorials, reflec- 
ting the opinions of the entire editorial staff of the paper. 
However, actions by students and administrators at the 
Centennial Convocation of March 16 have sparked much 
controversy, dividing student opinions on campus and 
within the News staff For this reason, this week two 
different editorials are presented, expressing the views of 
the writers, and not necessarily the entire staff 



Student disruption 
unfair and unjust 

After evaluating both sides of the controversy over what 
occurred at Founder's Day Convocation, I believe that the 
disruption cannot be justified. It is clear that Mrs. Newell 
never approved Mary Stuart White's speech for presenta- 
tion as part of the convocation program: therefore, it is evi- 
dent that most of the confusion existed among the 
demonstrators themselves. They acted on the incorrect 
assumption that Mrs. Newell had reversed her decision to 
allow Ms. While to speak, and an assumption is certainly 
not sufficient cause to disrupt a centennial convocation. 
The protesters' intrusion upon a century-encompassing 
ceremony to air specific grievances was a rash action. Ap- 
parently they did not recognize the fine line between mak- 
ing themselves heard and irrationally indulging their anger. 
Their entrance into the Chapel was an unwarranted 
overstepping of their right to free speech. It was made clear 
at the beginning of the ceremony that, after the scheduled 
speeches, the right to free speech would be honored by 
holding an open meeting on the Chapel steps. In my opi- 
nion, the administration's agreeing to such a meeting was 
quite generous especially in light of the fact that the con- 
troversial decisions had been substantially altered in 
response to alarm within the college community. After the 
administration's sincere attempt to amend its original 
decisions, the interruption of convocation was inconsiderate 
and disrespectful. The protesters' militant actions seriously 
hampered the efficacy of their protest. If their protest had 
truly been a positive declaration of a need for campus unity, 
then their concern should have been manifested in another 
manner. This editorial is not intended to further widen the 
division among us, but to express my hope that any future 
demonstrations are better planned and more appropriately 
executed. 

Sharon Kay Collins '77 

"Cohesive 

community, 

Rhetoric or reality 

The disruption at the Centennial Convocation of March 
16 was a painful spectacle for both the students and ad- 
ministrators involved. The initial emotional outcry that ac- 
companied the event has been tempered somewhat by a 
week's absence from the campus and by an altitude assum- 
ed by some that the whole affair should be forgotten. And 
yet. some impressions were created by the Chapel ceremony 
which must be dealt with. 

It is obvious from statements released by both the in- 
volved students and President Newell regarding the disrup- 
tion that there was a serious breakdown in communication 
both before and after the ceremony. It is to the students' 
credit that they have been willing to admit to their part in 
the communication gap, and yet. Newell consistently 
refuses to acknowledge any administrative responsibility. 
Until the entire Wellesley community recognizes its respon- 
sibilities in communicating in all levels of decision making, 
breakdowns will continue to end in painful demonstrations 
of our failure as a community 

The issue being protested was the process of decision 
making at Wellesley College. The lack of feedback in policy 
decisions has long been a subject of controversy on this 
campus. The fact that some members of the college were so 
dissatisfied with the process that they felt justified in in- 
terrupting an otherwise solemn affair emphasizes the need 
for a more considerate and responsive method of ad- 
ministrative decision making. 

It is unfortunate that an event as disturbing as the disrup- 
tion at the convocation was necessary before the issues of 
an inadequate decision making process and communication 
failure received the attention they warranted. It is im- 
perative that these issues, which were the substance of the 
students' dissent, must not be lost in the misunderstanding 
and disagreement surrounding the actions at the ceremony. 
Only by directly confronting the situation can Wellesley 
hope to become the "cohesive community" President 
Newell asked for at the convocation. 

Nancy McTigue '77 



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Letters to the Editor 




Women's lib movement scored 



To I he Editor: 

After reading Mi mi 
Stockman's revealing article in 
Wellesley News for February 
28th. I decided to sit down at my 
typewriter and heartily agree with 
Ms. Stockman in her evaluation 
of the women's liberation move- 
ment at the college. The women's 
liberation movement has touched 
women all over American and I 
believe that at present, according 
to an article I just sent to my 
daughter at Munger. the U.N. is 
putting through a bill reinforcing 
women's rights throughout the 
world. This is a long time in com- 
ing but I am afraid that it will 
onlj be superficial and women 
will have to continue to fight for 
their inalienable right to libera- 
tion — whatever that may be to 
each individual woman. The 
women's movement is vulgar 
when the Wellesley News adver- 
tises a vibrator in the Wellesley 
News. My husband called this ar- 
ticle to my attention and frankly 
we were shocked that Wellesley 
News should have such terribly 
bad taste in these matters. The 
money received from an ad such 
as this certainly cannot help im- 
prove Wellesley's image 
anywhere. It does not help 
Wellesley's "CUPCAKE" at- 
mosphere either. It just shows 
very bad taste. Many years ago 
when I first started to work I had 
already become liberated and 
believed in women's rights for 

Lounge opens 

To the Editor: 

An attractive Smoking Lounge 
is now available on the first floor 
of the Library near the Reserve 
Room and the Language 
Laboratory. In addition to infor- 
mal seating the room provides 
chairs at tables for persons who 
wish to continue work while 
smoking. Smoking will not be 
permuted in any other part of the 
building except for the faculty 
studies. 

We think the reasons for this 
regulation will be apparent: we 
must protect non-smokers (who 
arc in the majority) from the 
physical effect of others' smoking 
and we must keep stale smoke out 
of the general air conditioning 
system. 

Continued on page 5 



those women who chose to exer- 
cisc their rights. To me liberation 
is a good education to free one's 
mind and then the power to carry 
out one's education to enter fields 
of endeavor where a woman can 
suind up and be counted in a 
predominantly man's world. The 
sexual liberation of women has in- 
deed deteriorated in the United 
States today and women are 
becoming in small majorities, 
non-entities pf a third sex — un- 
femininc and denying outright 
their role as feminists. Lesbians, 
rabble rousers. misfits and 
perverted women have all loudly 
added their names to the move- 
ment and intelligent well thinking 
women today belonging to the 
"CUPCAKE" society at 
Wellesley should be aware of the 



people with whom they are deal- 
ing when they shout for their in- 
dividual rights. It cannot be 
denied that women have child 
rearing bodies in this universe and 
until they have solved the problem 
of men's bearing children in the 
future, it looks like they will have 
to burn the candle at both ends or 
change their definition und func- 
tion as liberated women. It is in- 
deed a problem for us today, 
mothers as well as daughters. 
New burdens will be added to our 
lives which we might not be able 
10 deal with in the future. My hat 
is off to Mimi for her beautiful ar- 
ticle and my husband and I thank 
her for her sensitive article which 
went right to our hearts. 



NOTE: The Wellesley News 
welcomes feedback from its 
readers and will print all letters 
submitted to the editor. Letters 
should be typed (on 33 
character line) and signed 
legibly. 



Mrs. Dorothy McSweeney 

"Alternative to Rape" Centers 
seek student assistance 



To the Editor: 

I am presently a resident of the 
McNeil Island Federal Prison 
Camp. 

Many things have happened to 
me since my incarceration, but the 
tragic incident that most 
drastically altered my con- 
sciousness was the rape and brutal 
beating of my daughter. The 
severe shock of this event has left 
her mentally affected. My first 
reaction was a resolve to seek 
vengeance. 

In later frustration, I sought to 
avoid the reality of it and to forget 
it, to no avail. Finally, after talk- 
ing with a number of sex 
offenders. I began to see my 
problem as neither unique nor ex- 
clusive to me or my family. 

The many victims of rape 
(other than homosexual) ire 
women who are mothers, sisters, 
daughters, friends to many other 
people who are affected like me. 

Recently. I have been working 
with others to organize Alter- 
natives to Rape Centers (ARC) 
nation-wide. We are in need of 
materials, staff help and ideas. 

v\ c would be very interested in 
knowing of any people at your 
school who might care to help us 
or join with us. 

We are planning an 
organizational meeting in Seattle 
on the 15th of April. 1975. and we 
need all the help and support we 



can get. Our choice of site for the 
meeting in Seattle will soon be 
made, and anyone interested may 
please write now to one of the per- 
sons listed here for further infor- 
mation and to express how they 
feel they wish to contribute. 
Anyone may serve and help in any 
way to make our organization a 
success. Thanking you in advance. 
Kenneth Hawkins 
Box 1000 FFC 
Steilacoom. Washington 
98388 

Marylyn King 
623-2nd Avenue 
Seattle, Washington 



Convocation 
Disruption 

stirs comment 

To the Editor: 

1. To the participants in the 
protest: Your action showed a 
considerable lack of consideration 
for the people in attendance who 
were not connected with 
Wellesley's current operation. 

2. To Barbara Warne Newell 
(who, I hope, reads the student 
newspaper): (1) (above) applies, I 
believe. The only purpose of this 
institution is the education of its 
students. Shabby treatment of un- 
tenured faculty (as seems to be too 
common a practice here) will lead 
to a mediocre teaching staff if it 
becomes habitual practice. Ignor- 
ing the needs and opinions of the 
student body, especially when 
they have been more than once ex- 
pressed to you. is a policy unwise 
in the president of a college. It is 
also unwise to make decisions 
whose results will be of direct con- 
cern to the student body without 
telling them you arc doing it; to 
pass down such decisions without 
an explanation of the arrival at 
them smacks not only of a lack of 
concern for their opinion, but also 
of insult. 

Martha Hayes '75 



College commended 




To the Editor: 

One of the most common ac- 
cusations levelled at journalists in 
the past decade has been that 
every incident of juvenile delin- 
quency, protest violence and 
youthful irresponsibility has been 
magnified, while the hard- 
working and studious elements in 
American youth are ignored. In a 
college newspaper, u similar dis- 
proportion often occurs when 
covering administrative actions — 
(he arbitrary and inequitable arc 
focused upon, and all else passes 
by unnoticed. And rightly so. for 
who wants to read about the dull 
ploddings of "the Estab- 
lishment"? 

Yet amidst the pre-vacation 
turmoil caused by an overly 
cautious and therefore callous ad- 
ministration, something good 
happened. Students with a finan- 
cial or academic need to stay on 
campus over break were listened 
to. and the college precedent of 
closing the dorms was overridden 
— a difficult feat at Wellesley, to 
be -urc Munger, Pomeroy, 
Cazcndve and Beebc remained 
open, and students staying made 
use of friends' rooms in those 
dorms. 

Administrative personnel who 
gave not only their consent hut a 
ureal deal of their time to 
organize and carry out this plan 



should be recognized and praised. 
Director of Residence Joyce 
Wad ling l on. Administrative 
Assistant Barbara Hill, and 
secretary Pal Sinisalo head this 
list, as they spent numerous hours 
going over the proposed registra- 
tion procedure, and then many 
more executing it. This was an ex- 
ceptional undertaking for an of- 
fice preparing to swing into nevi 
fall's rooming process The 
Residential Policy Committee 
also look valuable hours from its 
schedule to haggle over the com- 
plications of remaining open for 
break. 

Susan Fcdo helped coordinate 
the scheduling of building hours 
and taxi service to Riverside, in 
the absence of buses. Schneider 
Center secretary Shirley Bearer 
added the functions of'thc Info 
Box to her worries, and Schneider 
personnel Ron Turgeon. Steve 
Nelson und others operated the 
center at only slightly limited 
liours, for such a small campus 
population. Ms. Newell and Mr. 
Kicbala approved the plan's 
financial basis and security 
provisions, which at times 
appeared tenuous at best. 

For the majority of the people 

mentioned, and others who were 

involved. Wellesley College's 

recess was not a vacation. Time 

Continued on page 3 




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WELLESLEY NEWS 



Pottery and the generation gaps? 



- — "by Ja net B. Guernsey 

Janet B. Guernsey, chairman of 
,f,e Wellcsley Physics department, 
shares some of her reflections on 
the omnipresent generation gap. 

I've decided to take up pottery 
_ as an activity portable into my 
declining years, good exercise, in- 
finiie variety in artistry and self- 
expression, and a potential source 
of presents to assorted relatives, 
pirst wc learned "wedging 
where I found I had really never 
known how to knead bread. Then, 
ihrough coils and slabs, we finally 
attempted throwing on the wheel. 
This turned out to be my most un- 
successful venture yet. I shudder 
to face engobe and glaze. 

After more than a few hours of 
sneezing in the dust of the pottery 
shop I had, lined up on the 
oreenware shelf, one flower pot, 
one bowl, one lopsided vase, and 
,m object which had turned sur- 
prisingly from a box (product of 
the slab era) into a little grass 
shack, somewhat concave on the 
sides and clearly asymmetric 
After looking around at some of 



the efforts of my fellow beginners 
I overcame my initial embarrass- 
ment and left my collection to be 
bisqucd. When I later collected 
my treasures and looked at them I 
thought — well, the flower pot I 
can use, if I put enough greenery 
in the vase it won't show too 
much, bowls are always useful and 
anyway chances are someone will 
break it. but what on earth does 
one do with a little grass shack 
made of clay? I decided to give it 
to my daughter as a reminder of a 
long-ago trip to Fiji. 

My daughter looked at her pre- 
sent, gulped, and said "Why I love 
it — even to the rooster on lop, or 
is it a beaver?" Then, after some 
though she added "You know it's 
funny. Think of all the years we 
brought our works of art home 
from school to have them ad- 
mired, and here suddenly am I 
receiving from my mother a pre- 
sent of similarly useless and inept 
nature. The seven ages of man!" 
This started us wondering f 
about the progression of the 
"generation gap" from the purely 
physical one perforce existing 
between the young child and its 



parents, through the ideological 
one of later years, to a reversed 
physical gap between mature 
offspring and childish aged 
parent. Let's start with the gap 
between adolescents and their 
parent generation which defies 
every attempt at closer. The child 
struggles for independence while 
the parent can neither stand as im- 
mutable authority nor adopt a 
"can't fight 'cm then join 'cm" at- 
titude. Does the gap ever close, 
does it remain of constant width, 
or is it one which in general varies 
with chronological age? 

I favor a yes answer to the final 
query. The gap is wedge-shaped in 
time. I remember my surprise the 
first time my father told me a joke 
not meant for public consump- 
tion. But then I also remember 
telling the same joke to" my 
children (it was a funny one). Dur- 
ing the second three ages of man 
(term used generically) there is no 
perceptible gap and several 
generations form a pseudo- 
homogeneous mix. Then it starts 
to widen as the child becomes the 
preceptor of the parent until we 
find a class of "senior citizens" 




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separated physically and mentally 
from their following generation. 
The gap has broadened in about 
the same time it look to close. 

What is the relevance of this lit- 
tle exercise? Nothing more than 
idle Easter afternoon chatter. And 
yet we should always be conscious 
of the gap and ceaseless in our ef- 
forts to narrow it at the ex- 
tremities.' Ideas anyone? 



Pay raise, con't. 

Continued from page 1 

such as salaries, compensation 
and tenure grievances. According 
to Mr. Cohen, Wellcsley's chapter 
has hecomc more active this year 
than in the past. He stated. "The 
faculty has become more concern- 
ed ... about its own interests. We 
are trying to get together more 
frequently to press for our in- 
terests more effectively than we 
have in the past." 



College 
Commended 

Continued from page 2 
was taken from their already- 
crowded schedules in order to ac- 
commodate student need. While 
this is really far from extraor- 
dinary, it needs to be pointed out. 
My experience in working with 
these administrators has been a 
cooperative and fruitful One. And 
that's encouraging, isn't it? 

Karen Gentleman '77 




Having "bells" is fun? 



by Teri Agins *75 



Wellesley has an ingenious 
system in the reception area of 
resident halls called (he hell desk. 

Every student dreads her re- 
quired one-hour weekly slot: most 
curse even louder when the two- 
hour weekend rotation comes 
around. But let's examine some of 
the more positive aspects of bells. 

First, for those students who 
rarely hear their private phones 
ring — and the call is usually a 
female or for someone else — the 
bell desk provides an opportunity 
to converse with a man. 

If you're extra lucky you may 
get a chance to keep someone's 
male caller entertained while he 
waits for his date. If you work 
fast, you can slide him your name 
and number on the paper provided 
at the desk and hope for future 
results. (Don't feel guilty, either. 
She had no business making him 
wail for her Loretla Young- 
entrance down the steps!) 

Another advantage is thai 
several desperados call the bell 
desk to recruit dates. It's risky, 
bul lake a chance! (He's taking 
one. too.) 

For you Rona Barretts, (he bell 
desk provides gossip for dinner 
table discussion. You'll be the 



first to sec who's coming to see 
whom. It's all happening at the 
desk . 

From a financial point, bells 
can he a lucrative business. Paid 
bells during vacations are S2.I0 
per hour these days. Some people 
will pay more if you do their 
weekend slots. So you can make 
some extra change, plus catch all 
the soap operas at the same lime 

At the bell desk, you are the 
first to see the house mail and you 
can read the newspaper free of 
charge. 

Since doing bells is such a big 
responsibility, the hell crirl ac- 
quires confidence and a sense of 
worth. Just think, at all-house an- 
nouncement time more than 100 
people stop what they're doing to 
hear what you have to say. And 
most of us can't get 20 people in 
class io pay attention to an oc- 
casional comment 

The horny bell girl can he 
litilated bj an occasional obscene 
call. She may even get an oppor- 
tunity to participate in the un- 
derwear survey. 

And finally, the girls on the 
desk are addressed as belles Now 
except for a few Dixie-ites, not 
many women can make the same 
claim. 



Sylvia Plath: a life that ended tragically 



by Beth Hinehliffe '75 

A number of myths have 
developed about Sylvia Plath 
since her suicide in 1963. If you 
accept (hem. you see her as a 
"suicide goddess," a woman who 
lived a "brief and terrible life 
obsessed with darkness and death. 
Proponents of this label point to 
her iwo previous suicide attempts 
and to her poetry itself as proof of 
her "doomed existence." Many 
critics and scholars label her 
poetic voice "chilling" and 
"devoid of humanity." They 
maintain lhat her posthumously 
published volume of poetry. Ariel. 
shows an accumulation of distor- 
tions that Tester in a disturbed 
mind, where suicide is regarded as 



How much of these popular fables 
arc true? There is. surprisingly, no 
biography of Sylvia Plath's life. 
Two years ago I set oul to gather 
the facts of her life as part of m\ 
course work in History 301, "The 
Art of Biography." This year I am 
continuing to do research and 
write her biography. The Descent 
of Ariel, as a 370 in the English 
Department. 

I began to feel like a detective. I 
had to sift through commonly 
accepted distortions to discover 
what Sylvia Plath was really like. 
Like a detective I have been 
following up obscure leads, 
meeting dead ends, and discover- 
ing unexpected "treasures" of 
never-seen letters and 
photographs. The most amazing 



"People who had never talked lo Plath scholars — her 
family, friends, employers, and professors, shared with me 
their memories and their photo albums." 



a savior. They call her suicide her 
"final poem." 

Another cult revolves around 
Plath's only published novel. The 
Bell Jar. faintly distorted 
autobiographical truth, which 
chronicles her breakdown and 
suicide attempt at twenty, after 
her junior year at Smith College 
and after a month in New York 
Git) as a Guest Editor for 
Mademoiselle Magazine. 
Although flawed, it is revealing 
and has been especially accepted 
by students 

One has to be suspicious of 
myths, cults, and generalizations. 



thing I found was the nearly un- 
iversal co-operation and generosi- 
ty or the more than 170 people 
with whom I corresponded, and 
the three dozen I interviewed. 
They wanted to dispel the myths 
and to set the record straight 
about Sylvia's life. People who 
had never talked to Plath scholars 
— her family, friends, employers, 
and professors, shared with me 
their memories and their photo 
alliums. 

For all the lime this work has 
laken, the rewards have been 
great; I have now identified and 
been in contact with almost all of 




York City for a month. Despite 
her successes she had an inability 
to maintain a sense of her own 
worth. The exposure to a different 
way of life, the exhausting 
demands of the work on the 
magazine and the lack of en- 
couragement from the editors dis- 
illusioned her. The whirlwind of 
activities became a whirlpool for 
her as she sank into a gray depres- 
sion. She feared she would never 
write again. 

On August 24. executing a 
careful plan, she hid herself in a 
tiny crawlspace under he house 
and swallowed forty sleeping pills. 
Found in an unconscious state 
after three days, she spent four 
months in psychoanalysis and 
seemed "patched, retreaded and 
approved for the road" (from The 
Bell Jar). She then returned to 
Smith. 

After graduation came two 
years in England where she 
studied English literature, polish- 
ed poetic technique, and met her 
husband-to-be. Ted Hughes, a 
renowned British poet. They came 
to (he United States for two years. 
At first she returned in triumph to 
leach at Smith, then made the dif- 
ficult decision to stop teaching. 
She dedicated herself to writing. 
Her poetry at this time was 
technically almost perfect, with 
advanced rhythms and controlled 
images. Yet Plath kept her sub- 
jects at a distance. Her first 
volume of poetry. Tlie Colossus. 
seemed lo be an advanced exercise 
book, nol yet an individual ex- 
pression. 

In 1959 the Hugheses returned 
to England. Over the next few 
years ihey started to establish 
literary reputations. Hughes was 
more famous than Sylvia, who 
seemed to be a housewife, taking 
care of their two children. Ted 
began to have affairs openly, and 
finally left Sylvia without support. 
She equated this desertion and 

•Her work elevates intensely personal "confessional 
poetry" to a level of universal suffering." 



the characters in The Bell Jar. 
Remember "Buddy Willard." 
"Jay Cee." "Doreen." and "Bet- 
sy"? I have corresponded with 
them all, and they have discussed 
what really happened, what was 
distorted, and what was pure fic- 
tion in the book. Mademoiselle 
Magazine, where she worked as a 
prize-winner for a traumatic 
month preceding her breakdown, 
gave me access to back files. 
Smith College gave me permis- 
sion to study her confidential files. 
These files have now been locked 
up: in the future no one will he 
allowed to see them. 1 spoke at 
length about Sylvia Plath with 
Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Anne 
Sexton shortly before her own 
suicide last fall. 

It is impossible to do anything 
but skim the surface in such a 
brief introduction, bul I will try to 
touch on some of the themes 
which emerged in my study of her 
life. 

Sylvia Plath was born October 
27, 1932. Her father, a German 
immigrant, earned degrees in 
linguistics and biology. Her 
mother was a first generation 
American of Austrian parents. 
While growing up, Sylvia was a 
bright, pretty girl. She studied 
hard and wrote poetry. Her father 
was a stricl man. but not the un- 
feeling ogre he has been painted 
by some critics. His health failed 
when Sylvia was two. and 
deteriorated over the next six 
years until his death in 1940. His 
death haunts much of Sylvia's 
poetry and was obviously a 
lifelong source of pain to her. 
Plath rarely spoke of her father 
and did so only with a puzzling 
bitterness, and a feeling of having 

been descried. 

Throughout her education, in- 
cluding her Smith College career, 
she achieved nearly all As. ac- 
quired an impressive dossier of 
recommendations, and won near- 







The poet Sylvia Plath died at thirty in 1963. Was she the "suicide 

goddess" of the myths? 

photo by Sasha Norkln '75 



BeSHl^^HJrwnajor In the English department, is 
»"<ing a biography of Sylvia Plath. ^ by ^ ^^ >75 



ly every contest she entered. Her 
poetry and stories were published 
in national magazines before 
college. 

Once she set her mind to excel 
in something, whether it be study- 
ing, writing, painting, cooking, 
beekeeping, or social activities, 
she kepi after it until she was the 
best She would never let herself 
be simply adequate, even in fields 
she did not enjoy. 

In 1953. Mademoiselle 
Magazine selected her as one of 
twcnt\ exceptional young college 
women and brought her to New 



rejection In j man upon whom 
she had depended with her father's 
death. Sylvia and her babies were 
alone in London with no heat in a 
freezing winter. She tried to con- 
tad .i psychiatrist hut received no 
answer. Her poems were flowing 
at the rate of two or three a day. 
hut t hex were being rejected by 
the magazines. No longer did she 
write slowly, huddled over a 
Thesaurus, worrying about style. 
A practiced form was part of her, 
and her own poetic voice was 
speaking 
On the night of February 10, 



1963 she spoke for hours with a 
neighbor, returned to her flat, 
xvrotc two poems, left some milk 
for her sleeping children, blocked 
the windows and doors with 
towels, and turned the gas on in 
the stove And so her life ended. 

Did she mean to die? An an pair 
girl was due to arrive at nine am , 
in plenty of time to have saved 
her. The girl knocked, and receiv- 
ing no answer xvent away. The 
neighbor always awoke early and 
xvould have smclled the gas — bul 
he had been up late talking with 
Sylvia and he overslept There 
w is ,i note next lo her body asking 
thai a certain doctor be called. A 
friend shared with me a letter thai 
Sylvia had written less than a 
week before her death. It was sub- 
dued, but clearly indicated love 
for her children and anticipation 
of the friend's upcoming visit. 

Was this the calculated act ol a 
•suicide goddess"? At twenty she 
felt that she had no reason to hope 
for anything and. having left 
herself no escapes, was found by a 
lucky accident, miraculously sur- 
viving Ihe overdose. At thirty she 
left many outs; but there were loo 
many coincidences working 
against her. Had the catalyst of 
Hughes' desertion nol pushed her, 
she might huvc received the psy- 
chiatrist's reply, which arrived the 
day of her death 

Would her work have become 
so popular if people didn't distort 
it to conform with their ideas? 
Plath's poetry is an anguished cry. 
hul il is art Her work elevates in- 
tensly personal "confessional 
poetry" to a level of universal suf- 



fering. Her poems stand on their 
own without autobiographical in- 
terference- 
Through my work I hope to 
give a chance for the facts of 
Sylvia's life to be heard. I think it 
only fair to Sylvia Plath and to 
her poetry, thai her life speak for 
itself I hope people read her 
poelrx with an open mind and ex- 
perience its humanity and univer- 
sality. Hers was not a tragic life 
but a life lhat ended tragically. 




Syltia. left, as a bridesmaid at a 
friend's wedding in 1154. 

photo by Sasha Norkln '75 



WELLESLEY NEWS 



Cosmetics: The Great 
American Skin Game 



by Sandra Sugawara T5 

Cosmetics, "the great 
American skin game" is how Toni 
Stabile, who has studied the in- 
dustry for 16 years, describes it. 
Olhei? agree, it is a game. 

Unlike toiletries there is little 
utilitarian value to cosmetics. 
"Hope is what we sell in 
cosmetics," said Steve Mayhnm. 
Honorary President of the 
( osmetics. Toiletries • and 
fragrances Association. 

This fact alone is not bad. 
Games can he amusing and hope 
can be healthy. Bui in games there 
is usually a loser 1 1 appears that 
m this case the loser is the con- 
sumer, mainl} women. 

The issue of cosmetics and con- 
sumers can be broken into two 
categories — economics and 
health. Both are complicated. 

The economics problem stems 
from the fact thai basic textbook 
theories do not apply. As prices go 
down ihe quantity demanded docs 
not increase, in fact it often falls. 
The saying in the industry is "to 
be cheap is to be common and 
ilius undesirable." 

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purchasing cosmetics does not 
operate as the "rationul con- 
sumer" assumed in basic 
economic models. According to 
Fortune magazine, experience has 
proven that a company can in- 
crease volume by maintaining 
high prices. Estee Lauder used to 
indulge in a practice referred to as 
psychological pricing. According 
to Fortune she would price her 
products several cents higher than 
her competitors. 

Since cosmetics executives do 
not believe that low prices will 
mean large sales, they have little 
incentive to cut prices and much 
incentive to keep prices high. 

Toni Stabile, author of 
Cosmetics: The Great American 
Skin Game and Cosmetics: Trick 
or Treat, asked a leading 
merchant the difference between a 
cream that sold for SI a jar and 
one that sold for S20. He replied 
(hat outside of coloring, perfume 
and packaging, there was none. 

The other, perhaps more 
serious, issue is that of cosmetics 
and health. Federal laws do not 
require pre-market testing of 
cosmetic products for safety or ef- 
ficacy. 

According to Dr. Sidney Wolfe. 
M.D. in Washington, D.C., 
'Many ingredients in cosmetics 
arc. in less gentle circles, describ- 
ed and treated as toxic substances. 
Curiously when these same 
chemicals arc used for the purpose 
of beautification, their harmful at- 
tributes are covered up." 

One reason for this non- 
chalance toward cosmetics was 
the falsely held belief that 
cosmetics merely sit on Ihe skin, 
thai the outer skin layers form an 
impenetrable surface. Studies 
show that many chemicals are ab- 
sorbed through the skin, some at a 
remarkable rate. Further if Ihe 
skin is cut. scrapped or stripped 
off, the rate of absorption is in- 




Symposium seeks to broaden 
Understanding of photography 



creased. 

Which means that products like 
Max Factor's "Peel-Off" or 
Helena Rubcnslcin's "Brush-On. 
Peel-Off masks are actually 
harmful. They contain plastic 
resins which strip the face of 
several layers of skin, leaving it 
about three times more permeable 
lo chemicals. 

Bacterial and fungal con; 
lamination is another area ofcon- 
cern. The problem lies not so 
much in the possibility of fresh 
cosmetics being contaminated as 
in microorganisms growing in 
used cosmetics. A major cause of 
contamination is the ineffective 
perservatives used in the products. 

In a speech to the Society of 
Cosmetic Chemists last year, an 
FDA official said. "It is'difficull 
to understand that cosmetic 
manufacturers, with large 
research staffs which include 
micro-biologisis, are still 
marketing eye cosmetics with es- 
sentially ineffective preservation 
systems." 

The victims of these cosmetics 
have suffered rashes, loss of sight, 
baldness and lung infections. 
Many cases have been reporied lo 
the FDA. members of Congress 
and organizations like Women's 
Lobby. Perhaps as these victims 
become more vocal, legislators 
will realize thai safely in 
cosmetics is an issue which 
warrants their concern. 



Ten eminent photographers and 
critics will participate in a sym- 
posium. Photography Within the 
Humanities, conducted by the Art 
Departmcnl at Wellcsley College 
April 7-25. The symposium is 
considered to be the first of its 
kind. 

Among the photographers and 
critics coming lo Wellcsley arc 
Susan Sontag. reviewer and 
author of Photography: Irving 
Pcnn. photographer for Vogue 
magazine; John Morris, picture 
editor of the New York Times: 
and John Szarkowski. curator of 
photography for the Museum of 
Modern Art. 

Each photographer will spend a 
day on the Wellcsley campus with 
students in seminars and 
workshops, and I hey will give a 
public lecture in the evening ac- 
cording lo the schedule in the ac- 
companying box. 

The primary objective of 
Photography Within ihe 
Humanities is lo expand the un- 
derstanding of photography 
beyond the realm of the arl 
museum, to re-establish its con- 
ncclions to other related fields 
Isuch as literature, history, 
politics, and art), and lo examine 
Ihe kinds of jobs photography has 
been called upon to perform. 

Symposium lectures will deal 
with this new direction for 
photographic studies. 

Almost every individual 
throughout ihe world absorbs in- 
form ation daily through 
photographs in newspapers, 
magazines, books, films, on 
television, posters, etc. Previous 
conferences on photography have 
discussed the aesthetic and 
technical questions and have dealt 
with the issue of whether 
photography is art. 

Never before has a symposium 
considered the exlcnt lo which a 
photograph can move, teach, and 



An interview with Debra Knopman 



by M. Hale '75 



"Processes arc as important as 
ends " Debra Knopman leans 
hack, unfolding thoughts and lank 
limbs. "I ihink I've learned that 
while here — I try lo-base m\ ac- 
tions on whal is important at ihe 
time." 

In an era where so many see 
education onb, .is a means to a 
career, Knopman's approach ex- 
emplifies ;i rich alternative, She is 
i senior at Wellcsley and her last 
four years hive been filled wilh 
actions as varied as any 
Renaissance being could hope for. 
They are so varied in fact that 
the) become difficult to order. 

If you set oui discover how 
knopman got 10 be a chemislrs 
major and a printer and a writer 
foi Science magazine and can still 
lend you more insight into Othello 
than you ever gol Irom English 
class you onlj end up discovering 
ilnngs like she travelled to Russia 
and found p.irl of a past, she plays 
ihe violin, she wrote lyrics lor 
junior show, and she made n to 
ihe quarler finals of the New 
I ngland Intercollegiate Tennis 
Tournament her freshman year. 
Sooner or filer, though, a pattern 
emerges Knopman keeps in- 
sisiing with an honest smile. "I 
jus'l fell into il 

This falling inio things is no 
simpler than Alice fulling down 
Ihe rabbit's hole. Each "fall" is 
followed b) a scries ol adventures 
in which Knopman faces unknown 
situations and trusts herself 
enough to learn new things, prov- 
ing hcrsell in "ihe process. She 
brings honesty, energ) and 
openness to each new task. "A 
situation in itself usually does nol 
intimidate me." says knopman. 
"Nothing good comes easily. 
Thing! like wort and .i lol of 
lime " 

Take ihe printing for a start 
Her sophomore year, Knopman 
: jned lo ihe libr.irs for a 

work-stud) job "I volunteered to 
clean the Rare Books Room I 
didn'l even know where il was I 
mis, knew I w.mlcd lo do 
something manual — cleaning 
more lo m S liking lhan paper 
work. I fell I would he in Ihe ,ii- 
mosphcre ol a crafi shop " After 
"filling into" tins situation, 
Knopman pursued printing gct- 
ting Parr) held. .. children's 



wriier working there at the time. 

10 teach her lo print. 

"Il was three weeks before 
she'd let me print on ihe hand- 
made paper." Knopman 
remembered. The first thing of 
her own she printed was a quote 
from Ann Morrow Lindbergh, 
which seems to typify Knopman's 
enlirc approach: "The here, the 
now. and the individual have 
always been the special concern of 
Ihe artist. Ihe poet, the saint and 

— from time immemorial — the 
woman." 

Knopman went on lo print signs 
for Fcid's exhibition which "she 
really loved." She ihen "turned 
inlo a job printer" for the college 

— printing exhibition signs, signs 
for the card catalog, special 
collections signs (where "Porler- 
Krukshank is omitted because 
there weren't enough k's" — a 
printer's necessity), archives signs, 
signs for the French Book Binding 
Lecture ("One of my best signs ... 

11 stood on its own as something 
worthwhile ... it made mc feel 
good when French herself liked il 
and wanted a copy"), a front piece 
on a brochure ,.. she remembers 
them all Knopman has since 
helped Nicholes. Special Collec- 
tions Librurian. teach Ihe book 
arts seminar, and has taught 
others to print individually. 

"Priming." she says "started 
changing my mind on how I look 
al things " She applies her new- 
found perceptions. A character in 
one of Knopman's recent short 
stories muses. "Words are shupes 
lo me. They exist as objects as 
much as harbors or meaning. So 
when one word upsets a whole line 
of lype, I change it or leave il out. 
Only a careful wriier will calch 
ihe subtle alterations in text Few 
people realize il. but the printer 
always has ihe last word." Cer- 
tainly a startling perception for a 
writer. 

Knopman says printing also 
made her see "What sort of work 
was involved in making something 
perfect — trying but not always 
gelling (here. If one letter was nol 
priming in the same way as the 
others I would tear pieces of paper 
10 '"ake il even. No one else 
would sec if Ihe "e" and the "r" 
were squishing each other but it 
mattered lo me." 

Knopman emphasizes again 
and again thai her standards arc 



whal matter lo her. For example 
on Ihe subject of grades she sa\s, 
"I can't evaluate myself in 
someone else's terms. Jf the 
grades come, fine It is a happy 
coincidence. Bui il is most impor- 
tant lodo what I want lodo. I can 
tell if it's good." 

Il usually is good. And il is 
often recognized by others as 
such. For instance an article 
Knopman wrote this summer. 
"Dalkon Shield Affair: A Bad 
Lesson in Science and Decision- 
Making" which appeared in ihe 
September 6 issue of Science 
magazine, gol favorable responses 
ranging from a reprint request 
from Ihe University of British 
Columbia lo an invitation to give 
a leclurc lo a Northeastern phar- 
macy class on decision-making in 
science (both fulfilled) lo a job 
offer from Alza, a large drug 
company in Palo Alio. California 
(nol fulfilled). How did Knopman 
gel here? 

Il began with "falling inlo" 
chemistry. As a freshwoman 
Knopman was "molivaled 
towards solving social problems" 
and was planning on going into 
economics. However, she was Lik- 
ing Contemporary Problems in 
Chemistry al Ihe lime lo fulfill a 
science requirement and found she 
"absolutely loved it." 

Her junior year she applied for 
and was admitted lo I he- 
Washington Internship program 
She reports "I wasn't interested in 
government per se bui I ihoughl 
science writing would be useful lo 
use an internship for. No one had 
done il before. Science didn't have 
un internship program. But I 
Ihoughl il worthwhile and buill up 
an argument " 

When Phillip Abclson. prcsi- 
denl of the Carnegie Institute and 
editor of Science, was contacted 
on Ihe subject he wrote back and 
said, according to Knopman, 
"she'll just have lo come down 
and do whal she wants lo do." 
Knopman was used lo being on 
her own and producing for a self- 
assigned project. "I just appeared 
there the first day." she says "I 
went lo Ihe managing editor He 
lold mc lo meet people, and thai 
there would probably be no 
writing — ihcy didn'l have lime or 
space " 

Knopman's first project in- 
volved Science's switch to com- 



puter typesetting. Using her prin- 
ting and compuler background 
(she had spent the previous 
summer working for the Wellcsley 
Chemistry Department develop- 
ing a computer assisted insiruc- 
lion program to be used by 
Chemistry 103 slu.lenisj she 
"talked to people" and got an 
overview of "ihe whole process of 
how ihe magazine went together" 
in order lo draw up a list of 
queslions for Science lo ask ihe 
printers 

This project was followed by a 
variety of others; writing 
promolional pieces aimed at gel- 
ling college people to subscribe, 
learning lo edit and finally editing 
scientific manuscripts, and pick- 
ing appropriate scieniisis 
(referees) to critically evaluate 
submitted manuscripts 

Finally, al a prestigious 
cocktail party ("Margaret Meade 
was there") Knopman struck up a 
conversation wilh Lulher Carter, 
Ihe wriier she "respected most on 
Ihe whole staff. He is 
meticulous." She reports "1 told 
him I had been wandering around 
but was interested in writing. I 
had never written an article in my 
life " Back al work. Curler 
dropped off transcripts for her lo 
read on the lanker situation. 
Knopman was launched on her 
First slory. "Scnale Dispules Rul- 
ing on Double Bottom Tanking." 

"I sal at Ihe desk of a copy- 
wriicr who was on a ihrce week 
vacation. I found a typewriter in 
the closel of someone's office ... 
The first person I called was a 
commodore in Ihe Coast Guard. I 
got him lo say all kinds of em- 
barrassing ihings | didn't 
realize al first the power of the 
press. You call and say "I am 
Debra Knopman from Science 
magazine' and you are Science 
magazine. I quickly learned what 
I wis dealing with." 

She wrole and rewrote the story 
unlil "finally il was in a form 
acceptable lo Lulher ." Afler thai 
ii shll had lo be condensed and re- 
written. "By Ihe fifth or sixth ver- 
sion il was a known thing around 
there — kind of an initiation rite. 
I was sufficiently pained. I payed. 
Whal finally got printed didn't 
seem to have much to do with the 
article I had written." 

Meanwhile, she had met Bar- 
bara Cullilon, another writer, and 



force people lo make choices and 
form judgments. 

There will be an exhibition of 
photographs chosen by the par- 
ticipants in Ihe Main Gallery of 
Ihe Wellcsley College Museum al 
Ihe Jewell Arts Cenlcr during the 
three weeks of the symposium 7- 
25. 

Museum hours arc Monday- 
Friday: 8:30 a.m. lo 5 p.m., Satur- 
day: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 
p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 2:00 p.m. 
to 5:00 p.m. The Welleslej 
College Museum is open lo Ihe 
public free of charge 

The evening lectures given by 
the participants are open lo the 
public free of charge and will be 
given al 8 p.m. The Morris, Pcnn. 
and Taylor lectures will be held at 
112 East Pendleton Hall and ihe 
others will be^hcld in ihe Jewell 
Auditorium on the Welleslej 
campus. 




Susan Sontag. 

photo by Jill Kremenentz 



Each photographer or critic will spend a day on the Welleslej 
campus with students in seminars and workshops, and they will 
give a public lecture in the evening. The participants and dales 
when Ihcy will be al Wellcsley are: 

■April 7— JOHN MORRIS, picture editor of The New York 
Times. 

April 9— PAUL TAYLOR, economist and husband of the late 
Dorothea Lange. 

April II — GJON MILL Life photographer and leachcr. 
April 14— ROBERT FRANK, photographer, filmmaker, author 
of The Americans. 

April 15— FREDERICK WISEMAN, filmmaker, latest film 
"Primate," 

April 16— JOHN SZARKOWSKI. curator of photography. 
Museum of Modern Art. 

April 18— W. EUGENE SMITH, Life photographer, inventor of 
Ihe "picture slory." 

April 21— SUSAN SONTAG. reviewer and author of On 
Photograph v. 

April 23— IRVING PENN, Vogue photographer. 
\pril 25— ROBERT COLES, author and professor of psychiatry. 
Harvard University 

The evening lectures are open lo the public free of charge and 
will begin at 8 p.m. The Morris, Taylor, and Penn lectures will be 
held in I I2E Pendleton Hall and the olhcrs in Jewett Auditorium 
on Ihe Wcllesley campus. 



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Debra Knopman handles her naturally curly hair and her activities In 
the same manner: she just lets things fall into place. 

photo Jby Sasha Norkin IS 



had attended with her a White 
House conference on National 
Heallh Policy where Ihe Dalcon 
Shield was mentioned, Knopman 
had never heard of il before, but 
she decided lo write a siorv on il. 
She explains. "There hadn'l been 
an) article thai really pulled 
together whal hud been going on. 
It was hard lo understand whal 
was happening, what people wear- 
ing the shield should do." Knop- 
man spent her last two weeks in 



formed ihe compounds. Il is 
another piece in the puzzle of un- 
derstanding how the solar system 
formed." Knopman's professor. 
Dr. John Lewis, has suggested Ihe 
paper he published in the "Earth 
and Planetary Science 
Newsletter," a professional jour- 
nal 

Knopman. spent January in 
Cambridge writing a descriptive 
report for a radiologist, Gerry 
Kolodny, on a project he had 



w „ t L;'„, ,. " "'">'"'". on a protect ne nuu 



' and putting things together 

Back at Wellcsley, her writing 
activities continued She 
volunteered to write a science 
column lor the News and "fell in- 
to" being the editor of Ihe op-ed 
page which she used as "a forum 
Tor provocative discussion." 

Her science writing continued 
in the form of original research 
and explanations for laymen As 
the result or an MIT course on 
planetary atmospheres, she wrote 
a paper on how nitrogen w.i ri 
lamed in terrestrial planets when 
the solar system was being form- 
ed. It involves "calculations on 
what kind of compounds could 
conceivably form to be able i,, a , . 



he could write- about." Her report 
is being used as a basis for some 
papers he is presenting. He will be 
marketing the system he 
developed and she described, so 
she terms her writing "commer- 
cial " Knopman finds such writing 
"easy to criticize and hard to do- 
"i on have lo explain how 
something works — not only com- 
municating it, bui making it in- 
teresting as well." 

This lasi semester she is spen- 
ding lime focusing on writing. She 
*ny«. "I hudn'i thought about 
writing in concentration in any 
other pari of my education - 
What I am doing now is impor- 
tant to me for ihe present, I a" 1 



counl for who UnH r • ,iim 10 ine lor »>e present, I am 

hon about what mechanisms Con.inued on page 5 



Everything in the Garden 



WELLESLEY NEWS 



by Ann Hcdrccn '78 

Everything in the Garden, one 
„f Edward Albce's Inler plays, is a 
disturbing story of human nature: 
hl) „ susceptible it is to the rejeo 
j| on of morals when something 
jrresistiblj tempting is within 
reach. The Wellcsley College 
Theatre's production of Albee's 
play, on March 15. 16. and 17th. 
ivas faithful to Albee in its projee- 
lj on of the play's striking theme, 
although there were a few acting 
ijnd technical problems that 
hindered the play's' complete 
success. 

Jcnn) and Richard, a suburban 
couple, have struggled all their 
lives to keep up with their 
wealthier friends. When Jenny is 
offered a chance to earn more 
money ihaji she ever thought 
possible, she cannot pass it up. 
even though it means prostitution: 
upper-class and well paid, hut un- 
deniahl) prostitution. Jenny later 
discovers that all of her friends 
h.ive earned money in the same 
way, and the knowledge that 
"other people do it" seems to 
mi lke il easier to accept. 
However, the situation is com- 
plicated when an "outsider" un- 
witting!) discovers (he ladies' 
•tail, and, even though he is a 
close friend of Jenny and 
Richard's, he is killed and his body 
then hidden, in order to preserve 
the unruffled reputation of the 
prostitutes and their husbands. 
Even the murder can be justified: 
the unanimous opinion is that, un- 
der the circumstances, it was the 
only thing they could do. At the 
end of the plaj . the audience is left 
to wonder: Could I have done 
such a thine? 

Jenny and Richard are not 
criminals, nor arc they inherently 
amoral. The} arc middle-class 
suburbanites, no different than 
million-. ol other Americans, with 
it human nature as fallible and as 
easily tempted as anyone who. 
like them, yearns to live above 
their present station. Albee leaves 
it up to us to decide just how un- 
likelj it is for a woman like Jenny 
to do what she has done. 

Jenny played by Jane Serene, 
was i strong, even characteriza- 
tion, though—it revealed only part 
of the potential depth of Jenny as 



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lirsi time ever 10 present "Stars 
and Pops for Wellcsley" on 
May 4. at Symphony Hall. 

The Margaret Clapp Library 
Building Fund and Wellcslcy's 
Boston and Los Angeles urban 
study internship programs will 
receive the proceeds from the 
evening. 

Ticket information for the 
evening is available at the 
Mumnac office or by writing 
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a character She moved much 
more easily than did Richard, 
played by John Cross. Cross 
effccl.vcly portrayed Richard's 
emotional turmoil, but his 
movements were awkward, and he 
seemed not to know what lo do 
with his hands. James Butterficld, 
as lack, was excellent. While talk- 
ing to Jenny and Richard or while 
addressing the audience, he was 
amiable, light-hearted, and com- 
pletely believable. 

Although Diane Gilpin, as 
Richard and Jenny's son Roger, 
was amusing, it seemed un- 
necessary to have a woman plav a 
male character. The role could 
easily have been changed to a 
daughter if no suitable Roger 
could he found in casting. 

Mrs Toothe. the British 
Madame, was played by Karen 
Gentleman. Her speech was much 
too forced and deliberate, 
although her attitude was convin- 
cingly cold and impersonal It was 
she who suggested that Jack he 
buried. The other characters, Jen- 
ny's fellow prostitute/neighbors. 
were played rather carelessly with 
the exceptions of Chuck, played 
by David Jennings, and Gilbert, 
played by C. Jay Laffcrly. both of 
whom earned well-deserved 
laughs 

The stage movement was 
generally good, and the play came 
across as a well-defined whole, 
although (he director Paul 



Barstov, could have helped Cross 
with Ins stiff movements and en- 
couraged the minor characters to 
develop further. 

The set design was appropriate 
in style and decor, hut il was dis- 
appointingly drab brown. The 
screening over the window, reveal- 
ing i he shapes of the figures in the 
garden, was effective. A hint of 
Jenny's beautiful garden through 
the screening would have hcen 
even better. The lighting was 
adequate, but not creative: a little ■ 
variation in keeping with the dark 
and light moments of the play 
would have helped. 

Edward Alhee's Everything in 
llie Garden is a thought- 
provoking play, about average 
people who startle us by acting in 
a way we wouldn't at first think 
them capable of. The Wellcsley 
College Theatre's production of 
Everything in the Garden was, 
despite its minor problems, an ab- 
sorbing, fairly convincing produc- 
tion, owing especially lo the ex- 
cellent acting of James Butterficld 
as lack. Jane Serene as Jenny, 
and such well-timed moments as 
Mrs. Toolhe's entrance into the 
parly or Roger's awkward arrival 
home from boarding school. The 
production left the audience with 
the uncomfortable feeling that 
Richard and Jenny are not so very 
unusual: Could it be possible that 
anyone, offered such a tempta- 
tion, would do the same thing? 




Temptation wins out in Wellesley College's production of Edward Albee's "Everything in the Garden." 

photo by Sasha Nnrkin *75 

"-LI%xx/ /&-" means dance rehearsal group 

bv Anita Prince '76 




The weekend before some of us 
were lucky enough to go scurrying 
"(I for spring vacation, the Dance 
Group gave a program in celebra- 
tion of (he Wellcsley College 
Centennial. The program was a 
. n ilcade of different styles in 
dance. The first two dances 
"Fluxus" and "Voiced" were con- 
temporary symbolic pieces 
choreographed respectively by 
students. Lisa De angelis and 
Rachel Sing. Right behind them 
came a dance choreographed by 
Alice Trexler to music, believe it 
or not. from French Guinea and 
Senegal. Then came "Catching 
Applesauce Falling in the 
Night" a dance I particularly 
remember for it s emphasis on 
fluid movements The dancers 
seemed to melt together forming 
continuous lines that weaved in 
and out creating a visually roman- 
tic piece. Immediately following 
this came "=LL r ; \\& + ". Puzzl- 
ed by the title? You arc supposed 



Two of the dancers, Lisa De Angelis in the foreground and Mary Ann 
Tsao in the background, performing in the Dance Group production at 
Alumnae Hall. 

Shampoo: Warren Beatty is a hairdresser 



Jumping off 
the Roof: 

An Experimental Theatre 
production: an original multi- 
media women's experience 
with slides, dances, musie. ac- 
ting, etc. To be performed 
April 12 & 13 in Jcuett 
Auditorium at 8:00 p.m. Ad- 
mission free with Wellesley or 
MIT ID. Tickets SI 00 at the 
door 



by Emilv Yoffe '77 



"Shampoo" is about a hair- 
dresser named George who "tucks 
'em all. that's what makes on 
das. makes me feel like I'm gonna 
live forever." It is set in Bcverl) 
Hills durine election eve 1968 
Richard Nixon and his old chum 
Spiro Agncw appear in counter- 
point to the rest of the action 
throughout the film. 

George and (he women he is in- 
volved with engage in a great deal 
of sex, often coitus ihtcrruptus 
often vers funny Yet George is a 
son of Candy (remember that dir- 
ts hook from a leu years ago?) 
His women use him voraciously, 
and he's too nice lo do anvlhing 

but comply. 

George is played wonderlully 
bj Warren Beatty. He also 
produced and co-authored (with 
Robert Tounc) "Shampoo" In 
on talk shows 



his appearances 
Bealtv as made i connection 
between the political hypocris) ..I 
(he Nixon gang and the sexual 
hypocrisy of his characters 
Though there is hypoensj in both 
c ,,nps theconnection is not cleat 
Does one kind of hypocris) fostet 
„ climate ol untruth? Are .hose 
who lie to their partners as evil as 
those who pe rvert government'. 

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Therein lies the main difficulty: 
"Shampoo " is a fascinating 
movie, often very funny, with a 
surperlative cast, but it "as meant 
to he more There is a hollow 
quality to ■"Shampoo" hut it 
manages to come off anyway. 

Beatty has also said George is a 
"dumb blond." And he is. onl) 
occasionally does he become 
aware that he's complete!) direc- 
tionless, and is unable 10 make 
an\ real contact. But he is a vcr) 
dedicated hairdresser. At one- 
point he suys worriedly "I'm cul- 
ling too much hair lately. I'm los- 
ing m> concept." 

When he does make a woman 

beautiful bj doing her hair, it is an 
ael of love, and in Beatly's hands 
ii borders on the obscene. 

Julie < hristic as his ex- 
girlfriend. Jackie, has never been 
more beautiful. She is also a 
lough, intelligent actress. Goldic 
Huwn again plays a big eyed waif. 
but she seems to have grown up 
since "Cactus Flower." here she's 
no diimmv 

Jack Warden and Lee Grant as 
older rich and adulterous couple- 
are murvclousl) sell absorbed and 

corrupt - 

Its strange lo hear some of the 
biggest laughs of the mo\ ie go lo 
Richard Nixon His "bring us 



together" speech is now a real 
howler The shag hairdos, tons of 
jewelry, and rump length skirts of 
1968 seem also to be from a 
different era. How opulent and far 
awn "Shampoo" makes those 
psychedelic days seem. 

"Shampoo' is playing at the 
e hen theatre in Boston. 



in be. As ihc title suggests, the 
dance was intended to he "way- 
out". The dancers were dressed in 
colors of the rainbow without 
regard lo uniformity, What had 
been an emphasis on fluid lines 
and languid movements in the 
earlier piece had now been replac- 
ed by an effort to he solid and un- 
yielding. The dancers looked like 
robots moving from one post ion 
to another, add to this the vocal 
sound effects as Li/ Taylor did 
and you had a mechanized dance 
of the future. \ bit of pi/a// was 
added to the program in Debbie 
Zish's "Jazz 66" set to the music 
"Scorpio". The attire — leotards 
and sequentcd cut-off jeans — and 
syncopated movements were in 
keeping with the soulful sound of 
the music. 

However the main attraction in 
the cavalcade of dances were 
those choreographed by the guest 
Mclinda Srmrts-Atwood a 
member of the Independent Com- 
poser and Choreographers in 
Concord. A nostalgia for the past 
was apparent in her numbers. 
"1890" lo the music "At a 
Georgia Camp Meeting" and 
Cats Corner Savoy Ballroom 
and "High Hot Moons." In all the 
numbers the dancers were dress- 
ed in the attire of the twenii.. ■. 

The last number the parade 
"High Hot Moons" danced lo the 
music "Sugar Foot Stomp" was 
the finale of the program. Sudden- 
lv the stage was filled with dancers 

Continued from page 2 

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We ask student cooperation, 
too. in barring food and drink 
from the Library. The new 
carpeting and upholstered chairs 
which add so much 10 the 
appearance and comfort of 'he- 
building are vers vulnerable lo 
grease and coffee -tains. 
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in white dazzling dresses rnslling 
as legs raised in a clever rendition 
of the Charleston, Given the op- 
porlunitj . the- serious dance group 
memhers transformed into grin- 
ning flirting curcfrce flappers of 
the Roaring Twenties 

It was obvious that the students 
enjoyed the chance lo perform 
and although there were some 
rough spots ,is was in be expected 
from non-professional dancers on 
the whole ihc choreographs was 
inspired and the dancers good 

Oebra Knopman 
Continued from page 4 

But what about later, ahout 
'"the future" that beckons and dis- 
traeis so mam seniors'' Knopman 
answers COOl) US usual, taking 
things jusl as they come. "This 
summer I'll be in Israel with a 
governess job." \fter that she 
seems read) to fall into anything, 
letting her energies follow. "I 
hope to sla) alter il is over — ten- 
tatively as a foreign correspon- 
dani for Science magazine. I 
would like to go to Italy (covering 
things like Ihe chemistry of art 
restoration) alter Israel. 

"It could go on forever 




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Sports perspective: 
Mary Young 76 



Women win 
Big 10 games 



The Big Ten, bastion of football 
and frats. hasn't gotten around to 
the so-called Women's Lib move- 
ment. But almost half of the 
schools have women's sports 
programs of amazing size and 
caliber, producing national cham- 
pions in this sport or that. It's fair 
to wonder why 

In every case, there is a huge 
sports bureaucracy enveloping the 
university. Some highly- 
respected, dynamic man cum doc- 
torate usually heads it, and, 
further down the pyramid, there's 
a woman. 

Purdue University came up 
with a dynamic woman, and she 
got the money and started up a 
fine intercollegiate program to 
supplement an intramural 
program of considerable size. Her 
personality, and not (he threat of 
legislation, did the job. 

Nine intercollegiate sports, ful- 
ly scheduled with comparable In- 
diana and Big Ten schools, have 
popped up to meet the demands of 
talented women, many of who arc 
physical education majors. 

Inlramurals are much more 
pervasive. The residence halls, the 
co-ops and sororities have com- 
petitive events in about 17 
different activities, from tennis to 
riflcry. Anyone at Purdue can 
partake of a 20-sport coed in- 
tramural program, and off- 
campus, graduate and staff 
women have nearly as many ac- 
tivities to choose from in their 
respective leagues. Finally, 
trophies from the inclusive all- 
campus intramural program 
represent the ultimate in achieve- 
ment. 

There's a surprising air of 
equality in Purdue recreation 
areas, belying the secure, role- 
bound lifestyle around campus 
Women don't make waves at Pur- 
due; they arc busy mastering the 
science and engineering 
curriculum or representing their 
sororin as a "Little Sister" to a 
fraternity, or some combination 
of the above. 

Ten women can rotate on and 
off Purdue's four basketball 
courts with the men, just as they 
eun reserve a squash court or 
ping-pong table. It's fair to 
everyone. 

The picture isn't perfect, but it's 
paradise compared to the average 
high school. The women, for ex- 
ample, haven't yet gotten their 
hands on huge Mackey Arena for 
their basketball games; that's a 
site of frantic Big Ten action that 
the Division of Recreational 



Sports certainly doesn't control. 
Ohio State's Carrie Irish just 
won the national diving cham- 
pionship. Ohio Slate also sent 
their women's basketball team to 
the national championships this 
year, prompting their male 
athletic director to utter. "The 
time has come to recognize what 
our women have done." 

Indiana University women have 
comprised basketball teams that 
have gone to the same tournament 
for the past several years, and 
Michigan Stale went to the 
rcgionals in softball recently. 
It's not known how much Title 
IX legislation had to do with this 
"equalizing" Athletic directors 
will hike the prices of football 
tickets to pay for it. but they don't 
readily admit why. I'd like to 
think that the first four or so 
began the trend by their fine ex- 
ample. 

It's a unique situation, that ap- 
parent equality within conser- 
vative and old-fashioned com- 
munities. In the single area of 
sports, Big Ten women win. 




Fremont wins 
Ping pong title 

Helen Fremont '78 won ft 
Third Annual Sports Association 



Ping 
with 



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recently 



victory over Bernie Snow 
of the maintenance department 

Bob Priorc and John DcFi no 
also of maintenance, teamed up | ' 
defeat Ms. Fremont and Maureen 
Sullivan '76 in doubles play. 

Sheila Brown, S.A. advisor 
reported that the tournament was 
the largest ever, with 41 entered i n 
singles play and 20 teams vyj ne 
for (he doubles crown. 



Dr. Robert Buxhaum of, he ij^d 
Medical School will present a slide let 
lure on Illness on Tuesday April it,' 
IOS Pendleton West at 7:30p. m s,'J." 
tared by the Department oj Physical 
Education, the presentation „,;/ 
(/»./,• topics tuch as weight control and 
preventive conditioning 



The intercollegiate crew team has a race only four weeks away, and they'll be spending a lot of time in 
these four-person shells at all hours to get in shape. Class rowers, meanwhile, must qualify by April 16, so 
get rowing, everybody! photo by Mary Young v6 

Two Wellesley swimmers make nation 's 
Top 20 at National Championships 



by Mary Young, '76 

Two Wellesley swimmers turn- 
ed in outstanding national perfor- 
mances at the prestigious AIAW 
National Swimming and Diving 
Championships the weekend 
before Spring Break. 





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Wellesley sailors intend to pick up where they left off in the fall, whin 
they won a trophy for the first time in at least eight years. 

I Photo by Sasha Norkin '75) 

Sailors open Regis regatta here 



by Sally Newman *76 

The sailing season on Lake 
Waban begins this week. Classes 
began Monday as did S.A. sailing. 
This weekend is the start of 
Wellesley 's participation in the 
New England Women's Inter- 
collegiate Sailing Association's 
spring schedule. 

On Saturday, Wellesley will 
host its first trophy regatta, the 
Regis Bowl. Eight schools will 
join us and race all day. with a 
break for lunch. Sunday will take 
four Wellesley sailors to Jackson 
to race against twelve schools on 
the Upper Mystic Lake in Med- 
ford. Last fall, in a similar event 



at Jackson. Wellesley won the 
regatta, winning its first trophy in 
at least eight years. 

Open sailing is available seven 
days a week. Racing practice 
takes place Monday and Wednes- 
day afternoons from 3 to 5 for all 
levels, and no helmsman rating is 
required to participate. On 
Tuesdays. Thursdays and Fridays 
a helmsman or skipper rating is 
required during the open hours of 
3 to 5 p.m. 

On weekends, enthusiasts may 
lake out sailboats from 10 to 5 on 
Saturdays and 2 to 5 Sundays. 
Come down and join us. 



Judy Morrison '78 and Kim 
Cole '77. who trained and sought 
financial backing for months 
leading up to the meel, were 
within the top twenty in the nation 
in their specialties when it was 
over. 

"I'm really proud of them." 
said coach Sue Tendy. who spent 
her own money to accompany the 
two to Arizona State University 
in Tempc, "They were really 
good." 

Ms. Cole bettered all of her 
times from last year's nationals to 
cop 19th in the fOO-yard 
backstroke with a time of 1:04.7 
and improve on her 25th-place 
seeding. Though she swam better 
earlier this season, her time was 
very good, Ms. Tendy said, noting 
that it would have put her in the 
top 10 at last year's nationals. 

She baffled her 84th seeding in 
the 200-yard individual medley, 
grabbing around 40th with a 
2:21.9 clocking. On the third and 
final day. Sunday. March 16. Ms. 
Cole swam the 50-yard 
backstroke in 30.5 seconds to take 
30th out of 80 swimmers, despite 
her 47th seeding, based on 
previous times. 

"It was such an impressive 
meet." bubbled Ms. Cole. "It was 
a thrill to swim against all the big 
shots." She noted that 12 Olym- 
pians were there who weren't last 
year, readying themselves for 
AAU competition. 

Many records fell in the meet, 
held outdoors in what turned out 
to be invigorating weather. "It 
was quite different swimming out- 



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doors — I'm used to a sheltered 
pool." said Ms. Cole, "but it in- 
duces you lo swim." 

Rain actually fell on Friday 
while Judy Morrison dove, 
prompting the coaches to call off 
the event — lo be resumed at 7 
a.m. the next day! 

By 8 a.m. Saturday Ms. 
Morrison had earned an incredi- 
ble I9lh out of 72 divers in the 
one-meter event. She then walked 
over to another pool and coolly 
won 28th out of 60 divers in the 
three-meter diving. 

"We were all happy with our 
performances," said Ms. 
Morrison who. together with 
Nancy Sato of Radcliffe and a 
Brown diver, represented the 
Northeast. She gratefully describ- 
ed the help given her by John 
Walker. Harvard diving coach. 
"He really helped me with diving 
and the three of us with transpor- 
tation and forms. He was a greal 
help," she said. Due to (he unex- 
pected numbers entered in all 
events, the diving had to be held at 
another pool 10 miles away. For- 
tunately. Sue Tendy and Kim 
Cole were able lo find a ride there 
to watch her dive. 

The competition was of a very 
high caliber, everyone noted. Sue 
Tendy said it was as good as the 
amateur AAU level, where 
ydunger swimmers used to 
dominate. They are now in 
collegii, racking up times thai arc 



so last that it's "scary", she said 
"lt*s good because it'll g j vc 
women's sports the recognition 
they need." said Ms. Tendy. || 
was the biggest collection of fine 
athletes ever, with swimmers from 
the Olympics and the P an 
American games there. A total of 
675 swimmers represented 140 
schools. 

"I ijiink we (Wellesley) got a lot 
of recognition because the kids 
did well." said Ms, Tendy The 
meet was televised, and both Kim 
Cole and Judy Morrison were 
singled out by various 
photographers on different oc- 
casions. 

Kim Cole's studies may take 
her lo France next year, but she 
says the swimming bug has bitten 
her with her personal best times 
this year. "I don't want to stop," 
she said. 

Judy Morrison finds her diving 
a lime commitment near lo Ms. 
Cole's 20 hours per week, es- 
pecially when she goes in lo Har- 
vard lo gel expert coaching on a 
good diving board. But she, too, 
will probably be game for nest 
year's Sixth Annual Cham- 
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Florida. 

The trip was finally made sol- 
vent by a grant of SI 50 each from 
the President's Discretions 
Fund. Living expenses were 
minimi/cd by sleeping in sleeping 
bacs in dorms and sororities 



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